Just about everyone I talked to today received rain. Locally heavy rain fell again across portions of central Louisiana. Pollock measured 2.50 inches and Bentley received 2.02. Other notable totals were 1.55 east of Winnfield, 1.52 at Natchez, Miss., and 1.29 in Rigolette.
A combination of several factors is responsible for the period of wet weather. The atmosphere contains deep, rich moisture. In fact, the amount of moisture is about 133% of normal for early July. A pocket of chilly air aloft, called a trough, is stationed aloft and this helps the atmosphere produce and maintain showers and thunderstorms. Finally, outflow boundaries trigger more convection, thus multiplying the number of showers and thunderstorms affecting the area.
The stubborn trough will remain in control of our weather pattern for the next several days. Thus, rain chances remain high through Saturday. By next week, computer models begin rebuilding a new cell of high pressure aloft to the north. This will lower the rain chances and turn up the temperature. I expect a high of 95 by next Thursday.
Enjoy the rain and the comfortable temps!